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June 2006 Odd Wisconsin

Out to the Ball Park

The Brewers once scored 22 runs in a single game (in Toronto, on Aug. 28, 1992), and they came close to matching that record a few weeks ago by trouncing the Cubs 16-2. But those are nothing compared to the 61-12 pummeling that the Beloit Olympians gave the Milwaukee Cream Citys back in '67 -- 1867, that is. Baseball was...
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Posted in Curiosities on June 22, 2006

Missionary Zeal

The desire to share the happiness found in their own particular faith brought many religious people to Wisconsin. The first was Fr. Rene Menard (1605-1661) who came here in 1661 after Iroquois attacks drove his small flock of Huron converts 1,000 miles west from the St. Lawrence Valley. Setting out from Lake Superior, Menard hiked overland across the Upper Penninsula...
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Posted in Curiosities on June 19, 2006

Epidemic Anniversary

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis, a gruesome fact but one which, like every other, has a historical context. Epidemics have swept through human communities for about 10,000 years, and Wisconsin has had its share. European diseases probably reached Wisconsin before European explorers themselves. In the fifty years following Hernando de Soto's invasion of the lower...
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Posted in Curiosities on June 4, 2006

Boscobel, Beaver Dam & Beginning The Gideons

Yesterday's Odd Wisconsin column in the Wisconsin State Journal highlighted the anniversary of a chance meeting in Beaver Dam out of which grew The Gideons International. More than a dozen readers immediately protested that the service group actually began in Boscobel, where a previous meeting of the founders is commemorated in a historical marker. Where did The Gideons really begin?...
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Posted in Bizarre Events on June 1, 2006

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